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#1 crumpmd

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:46 PM

I have an error msg and anticipate HDD failure. I ordered and will soon have a new HDD. It will be the same as the one currently in the computer. How would one go about making an exact copy of the HDD so that after the copy is made the HDD can be installed and will boot and run and have all the installed programs and files.
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:59 AM

If the hard drive is having problems...you may not be able to clone it to another drive properly.

Have you run any hard drive diagnostic on the old drive...before deciding that it is failing?

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:22 PM

Yes. The diagnostics indicate a failure is imminent. The drive is still functional at this moment. I backed it up and turned it off. So when I get my new drive I hope to make a clone and swap them out and continue as if nothing ever happened. Is there any software that will do that?
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:49 PM

Macrium Reflect Free will clone your hard drive. But be careful that the imminent failure you suspect has not corrupted the data. Or even worse now prevents it from being cloned. But if you're asking if a drive can be cloned the answer is yes.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:02 AM

Thanks for the reply. I was unsure if this type of commercial software would make a clone that will boot the computer that the original HDD came out of. My previous experience with ghost is the OS won't work because the boot sector is not written properly.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 06:15 PM

Macrium Reflect is newer, better software, IMO. Never had a problem with it.

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